• Hot Rod Hundley, former NBA player and Jazz announcer, dies

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday. He was 80. The Jazz said Hundley died at his home in the Phoenix area. Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974-2009. He joined the franchise before its first season in New Orleans in 1974-75 and moved with the team to Salt Lake City in 1979-80. "Hot Rod was the voice of the Utah Jazz for 35 years and his voice was synonymous with Jazz radio," Jazz owner Gail Miller said in a statement. "The expressions he used throughout the game broadcasts are legendary. He had the unique ability to make the game come to life so that you felt as though you could see what was happening on the floor whe

  • F. Glenn Miller Jr.'s capital murder trial set for August

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Despite strenuous objections from his defense team, an anti-Semite accused of killing three Christians outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park insisted Friday that he receive a speedy trial. A judge obliged, setting Aug. 17 as the start date. If no delays happen, this will be the fastest a Kansas death penalty case ever proceeded to trial after the arraignment, lawyers said. F. Glenn Miller Jr.’s attorneys wanted to wait until next March, arguing that they would be “unprepared, ineffective and incompetent” without additional time to prepare his defense. But when Johnson County District Judge Kelly Ryan asked Miller if he wanted to waive his right to being tried within 150 days of his arraignment, as Kansa

  • Taraji P. Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to police in the Southern California city of Glendale for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son. Henson posted a statement on Instagram Friday afternoon, hours after the Glendale Police Department released video of a traffic stop of the actress' son that showed the officer respectfully dealing with the 20-year-old. "A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's," Henson wrote on the social networking site. "Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize. "Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son," Henson wrote.

  • Star Mazda driver hospitalized with broken hip and pelvis

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Michael Johnson was hospitalized after breaking his hip and pelvis in a crash in the Pro Mazda Series at St. Petersburg. Johnson hit the Turn 3 wall in the opening practice session Friday on the temporary street course through the streets of St. Petersburg. Dr. Jeffery Johnson of the Bayfront Medical Center said Johnson is in the intensive care unit undergoing observation. Johnson was paralyzed from the mid-chest area down in a 2005 racing accident on a motorcycle when he was 12.

  • Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by the court or face time behind bars. Jenkins, Hernandez's high school sweetheart and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, appeared to be a reluctant and careful witness, pausing for long periods before answering and saying she couldn't remember details of the time surrounding the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating her younger sister. Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near the hom

  • Panthers claim OL Jonathan Martin, victim in Dolphins’ bullying scandal

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Panthers have claimed offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, the victim in the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal two years ago, the team announced Friday. Martin was waived by San Francisco on Thursday after he appeared in 15 games last season, including nine starts at right tackle. Martin, 25, was Miami’s second-round draft pick in 2012 and started 16 games as a rookie. But he left the team in October 2013 after persistent bullying by former teammate Richie Incognito. Martin is the second player associated with the bullying scandal to play for the Panthers.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for March 28

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    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FLORIDA HOUSE: BUY FLAGS MADE IN AMERICA Cities, counties and state government will have to buy state and American flags made in the United States under a bill passed by the Florida House. The House on Friday voted 110-2 for the "All American Flag Act." But the vote triggered a debate about whether the mandate itself is American. Some legislators said that forcing local and state government to buy flags made in the United States was "anti-capitalist" and a "restraint of trade.

  • Mannequins by designer Ralph Pucci fill NYC exhibition

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A room full of mannequins is the subject of a new museum exhibition in New York City. They're the creation of designer Ralph Pucci — who elevates these dummies to a sculptural art form. The Museum of Arts and Design says "The Art of the Mannequin" is the first museum show to survey the form of the mannequin. It runs from Tuesday through Aug. 30. Pucci's craftsmanship ranges from anatomically realistic creations to abstract, totem-like forms. There's a mannequin doing a handstand. Another is decidedly pregnant. Pucci's mannequins are a reflection of the cultural trends of the past 30 years.

  • A-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant in the probe into steroids illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic. Yuri Sucart, 52, admitted Friday in Miami federal court that he conspired with others to distribute human growth hormone to athletes, some of high school age. Seven others, including former Biogenesis of America clinic owner Anthony Bosch, have previously pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from probation to four years in prison. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Sucart faces between eight and 14 months in prison at sentencing June 4

  • 'Teen Mom 3' star's ex charged with posting explicit images

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a star of MTV's "Teen Mom 3" has been charged with posting sexually explicit images on social media sites. Shakiel Brown was charged Tuesday with felony video voyeurism and released on bond Thursday in Orlando. Authorities say he posted the images of 20-year-old Briana DeJesus after she refused to speak to him following their breakup. DeJesus told authorities she had no idea Brown had posted the videos on Instagram and Twitter. Orange County deputies say the videos were recorded during consensual sex. The Orlando Sentinel (http://goo.gl/6JeYCi ) reports that the videos have since been removed from his social media accounts. Jail records didn't list an attorney to reach fo

  • Actress Drea de Matteo loses apartment in NYC blast

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Among those who lost their homes in the powerful blast and fire in Manhattan's East Village was former "Sopranos" actress Drea de Matteo. The actress took to Instagram Thursday to share two dramatic photos of firefighters battling smoke and flames. "A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood," she wrote in one caption. "RIP 123 2nd Avenue." The photos appeared to be taken from a rooftop across the street. The explosion at 123 Second Avenue caused the collapse of three five-story buildings and damage to a fourth, which was seven stories tall. The Red Cross says the buildings had about 50 apartments. The 43-year-old de Matteo, who has two children, played a mob girlfriend-turned-FBI informa

  • Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke classic; Cancellara hurt in crash

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    HARELBEKE, Belgium (AP) — British rider Geraint Thomas won the E3 Harelbeke classic on Friday after launching a late attack, while three-time winner Fabian Cancellara sustained two minor fractures to his lower back after being caught in a crash. The 34-year-old Cancellara was among several riders downed in a mass crash on a cobblestone section about 40 kilometers (25 miles) into the race. The Trek Factory Racing team says the Swiss rider will miss the rest of the Classics campaign. "It all happened so fast. Someone slammed the brakes and there was no way to go, just straight into it," said Cancellara, who will miss the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix classics. "I flew over a couple of riders and then landed in a pile of

  • Police make arrest in threat that delayed Hernandez trial

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a man who they allege called in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the Massachusetts courthouse where Aaron Hernandez's murder trial is being held. Fall River police on Friday announced the arrest of 55-year-old Paul Haddad of Westwood. Haddad is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. It's not known if he has a lawyer who could comment on the accusations. Police say Thursday's threat had nothing to do with Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player. Police did not disclose a motive. Westwood and Fall River are about 50 miles apart. The Fall River Justice Center was evacuated for about an hour on Thursday while the building was searched. Nothing dangerous w

  • Bill Clinton's 'flaws' the subject of off-Broadway musical

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Clintons are going back to the White House this spring — onstage, that is. "Clinton the Musical," the brainchild of two Australian brothers, makes its off-Broadway debut in April with a hysterical premise and a gentle look back at the '90s. The play celebrates the first baby-boomer president — the one who preferred briefs to boxers, played a sax on national TV, presided over an economic boom and got himself impeached. "The thing that endeared Bill Clinton and continues to endear him to the American public is that he was a very identifiable human being," said Paul Hodge, who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the story. "He was clearly human and he had flaws like everyone.

  • Billie Joe Armstrong musical comes to Atlantic Theater Co.

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Green Day front man and "American Idiot" co-creator Billie Joe Armstrong's new musical, the final installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit trilogy and the world premiere of a David Yazbek musical will be the highlights as the Atlantic Theater Company celebrates its 30th anniversary season. Armstrong's "These Paper Bullets!" — "a modish rip-off" of "Much Ado About Nothing" about a Liverpool rock band finding its way in the '60s London music scene — arrives in November, adapted by Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award-nominated writer Rolin Jones. It was first done by the Yale Repertory Theatre. Morisseau's "Skeleton Crew" starts performances in January, exploring how auto plant workers navigate the possibili

  • Athens Daily Review, Texas, Jeff Riggs column

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    I go to sleep every night with the television. Often, early in the morning, I wake up to the television. I go to sleep to my favorites, including Forensic Files or Snapped. This morning, as is the case with many mornings, I woke up to I Love Lucy. It’s like going way back in time. I so loved this television series when I was a child. It starred Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo, Desi Arnez as her husband, and their friends and landlords, Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz and William Frawley as Fred Mertz. In this series, the world as it was at that time was portrayed. Yes, Desi as Ricky Ricardo, was a small time entertainer that went to the big time. But, still, there was the culture portrayed that existed in the 1950s.

  • Tommy Chong, Lansing mayor expected at pro-marijuana rally

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Comedian Tommy Chong and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero are among those expected to address the crowd at an annual pro-marijuana rally at the University of Michigan. "Hash Bash" organizers say Chong, famous as half of the duo "Cheech and Chong," is headlining the 44th annual event on April 4. Bernero's office on Friday confirmed the mayor's planned appearance. Organizers say a county sheriff, cancer survivors, veterans and advocates from across the state also are expected to speak at the Diag, the main pedestrian walkway through Central Campus in Ann Arbor. A statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiative is planned for 2016 that aims to allow residents to cultivate their own plants and allow o

  • AP-NY--New York Coverage Advisory, NY

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New York. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Kiley Armstrong at 212-621-1670 in New York City or Chris Carola in Albany at 518-458-7821. A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

  • Macho Man’s road to WWE Hall of Fame went through Chicago suburb

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    It’s easy to miss the Downers Grove North Hall of Fame plaque honoring class of 1971 alum “Macho Man” Randy Savage. The plaque features the pro wrestling legend’s real name (Randy Poffo) and looks just like the 60-plus other plaques in the hallway outside the school gym. Its location — near the gym door closest to the athletic department’s office, second row down from the ceiling — makes it difficult to read the eclectic accomplishments listed next to Savage’s senior photo: “Batting Average .500 in 1970 and .525 in 1971, Team won Conference Championship in 1971, Most Valuable Player — 1970 and 1971, Signed by St. Louis Cardinals in 1971, Two Time World Wrestling Federation Champion.” There is little if any tra

  • Coyotes broadcaster charged with assault in casino incident

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes radio analyst Nick Boynton has been hit with several charges, including assault and resisting arrest, after authorities say he became belligerent at the casino in Buffalo and bit the hand of an officer trying to subdue the former NHL defensemen. The Buffalo Police Department says the 36-year-old native of Ontario, Canada, became abusive toward patrons and security personnel at the Buffalo Creek Casino around 1:45 a.m. Thursday. Later Thursday, the Coyotes announced that the team had placed Boynton a leave of absence. Officials say Boynton remained in police custody at a Buffalo hospital Thursday night pending his arraignment Friday morning in Buffalo City Court. It couldn't be dete